FYI - The history of Arabs in Honduras goes back to the fact that
they were persecuted for being Christians and therefore
relocated to Honduras.
It should be noted that the majority of them are Christians and do
not feel any sort of sovreignty with Islamic/Muslim
fundamentalists. They have absolutely nothing to do with Islam
and the whole "jihad" mentality.
--- In roatan.....com, cunamara....... wrote:
> The Ambassador's conference focused largely on security -- in
general and in
> specific relation to the upcoming war with Iraq.
> I put the latter that way because the vice-counsel was very
explicit. To use
> his reiterated words: "It's not 'if,' it's 'when'." He said Honduras
> viewed by Washington as NOT a logical target but that
> terrorists could be expected to choose "soft" targets anywhere
in the world:
> i.e., easy targets involving U.S. citizens or interests that might
> well-protected. Hence, we advised to be alert to any suspicious
> It was pointed out that illicit Honduran passports have been
found in the
> possession of terrorist groups in other countries and one
> the group that San Pedro and Tegucigalpa have surprisingly
large numbers of
> citizens with Arab backgrounds.
> I was initially alarmed by what I thought sounded a bit alarmist,
but then I
> realized that they were simply choosing to risk erring on the
> caution. They advised us that, in the case of some high-alert
> U.S. citizens in Honduras, they would definitely NOT have the
> evacuate anyone except Embassy personnel (which, if it
> probably be in the form of a staff reduction at most). Therefore,
> each have to decide for ourselves, individually, how threatened
we felt and
> what we thought best to do about it. They suggested that it
would not be
> unreasonable for someone to decide to return to the States
until the danger
> was past.
> The mood of the group in response to this was not such that I
> see people lining up to buy tickets for the States. However, I
> there might be some cautionary shifting of upcoming travel
plans. As for me
> personally, this is currently home and it's where I intend to be. I
> vague sense that the majority of us "Residents" felt the same
> On a more general level, there was some information that lent
> perspective to the recently-discussed issue of personal
security on Roatan.
> In the past five years, six U.S. citizens have been murdered on
> to date, none of those cases have been resolved. However,
> investigations in four of those cases confirmed that drugs or
> drug-trafficking was involved. That leaves but two cases in five
> was not drug-related, including the one that occurred just a few
> Hardly an alarming statistic.
> As to the one that occurred a few weeks ago: an attendee
close to the
> situation confirmed the Embassy's statement that they are
pulling out all
> stops to see that this case was resolve satisfactorily. Under an
> investigation" policy, not much was either shared or confirmed
in the way of
> specifics, but we were left with clear impression that both
Embassy and FBI
> resources were being utilized.
> There was the now-usual warning about purchasing property
on Roatan, based
> primarily on the fact that not one of about 195 complaints
reported to the
> Embassy in the past 5 years has been resolved. As the
> put it, the system simply "ain't working." He gave the State
> currently standing position on buying land in Honduras: "Don't."
> went on to indicate that, if you do, be very careful.
> His advice seemed to do little more than confirm what most of
> longer-termers have learned. While there is no such thing as a
> situation, the level of risk can be lowered substantially if one
> with as much care as is reasonably possible. Conversely, if a
> at an easy deal that seems almost too good to be true -- well,
as they say,
> it probably is -- but even more so in Honduras.
> I think most felt that the Ambassador and his staff presented
> quite well. They made it quite clear that they have little in the
> quick and easy solutions for solving problems that occur within
> framework of Honduran sovereignty. Using the escape strategy
depicted in the
> "Shawshank Redemption" movie as an analogy, the
Ambassador said that they
> basically see themselves as chipping away at the system
> they begin to see the light of day.
> Those were some quick highlights as I heard them. There
were a scattering of
> questions on other subjects but most were related to security
> concerns. I'm sure there are other listees who may have
picked on stuff that
> I might have missed.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "philip douglas haney"
> Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 12:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [roatan] americans on roatan!!
> > Sandi,
> > PLEASE...take notes! We will not be able to attend but want to
> > Thanks,
> > Doug & Becky
> > soon to be at Punta Blanca
> > =====
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